£500,000 awarded to make a difference to Armed Forces Communities in their local area

October 7, 2021

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has awarded £500,000 to 20 clusters of Local Authorities for projects that will improve wider understanding of the needs of local Armed Forces communities; and help ensure that veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel can access local services easily.

Through these awards, made through the Sustaining Delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund programme Local Authorities will work in groups or ‘clusters’ locally; to enable these grants to have bigger reach.

These grants build the earlier Strengthening Delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund programme; which awarded £6.6M through two rounds of funding to clusters of Local Authorities. They used the funding to work with other Local Authorities in their areas enabling them to deliver projects linked to needs identified by their Local Covenant Partnerships and find ways to ensure that Armed Forces communities locally could access the right types of services and support.

The evaluation of this earlier programme showed that these projects had a significant positive impact on delivery of the Covenant.

These new grants have been awarded to enable projects to conclude their work; delivering longer term changes that enable people from Armed Forces communities to be able to better access services and support in their local areas.